Career Services

  • Placements

    Graduates of the MSU Masters of Public Policy Program are employed in a diversity of positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Combining the experiences from two highly ranked departments, political science and economics, MPP students are trained in quantitative and qualitative policy analytical skills as well as subject matter topics. Our students are provided with the ability to work as policy and financial analysts, program managers, non-profit advocates, policy strategists and consultants, professional political staff, lobbyists, researchers, and educators. We have a superior placement record with 94% of our students placed within six months of graduation. As seen in the following charts, our students enjoy a variety of employment experiences.  By category, most of our students are involved in policy analysis, management, strategy, and communications.

    By sector, our students are evenly placed in non-profit organizations, state and local governments, and for-profit organizations.

    By policy area, our students are able to use the skills learned in the MPP program in a number of different jobs.

    By location, although most of our students are initially employed in the Midwest, we have students in all areas of the country and throughout the world.

  • Internships

    An internship is an out-of-classroom experience designed to augment a student’s regular course of study.  An internship should provide a student with the opportunity to experience the type of work done by those in the student’s chosen field. Internships may be paid or unpaid but are not considered employment.  Internships are structured to provide a learning experience in the student’s chosen area of interest.

    Studies have shown that potential employers consider experience, internships in particular, as the most important factor when considering potential employees. Internships provide students with relevant experience, while still enrolled in the MPP program. Ideally, the MPP internship experience can provide a mentorship opportunity for the student’s capstone project and potentially lead to employment prospects.

    All students who have not had sufficient public or non-profit policy experience are required to enroll in 3 credits of PPL 894 (Field Experience Practicum) in conjunction with an internship.  We encourage students to fulfill this requirement during the summer semester of their first year.  The Director of Career Services will assist students in internship placement.  The internship should be at a level appropriate for a Masters student.  We will also try to place students in internships that could assist them in the development of their capstone project. MPP students have interned with a variety of organizations including national and state government agencies, local governments and agencies, think tanks, university centers, non-profit organizations, corporations, and lobby firms. These internships have taken place throughout Michigan, the United States, and the world.

  • Appointments and Counseling

    Students will be able to take advantage of three scheduled one-on-one counseling sessions:

    • Early in the Fall Semester of your first year you will meet with the Director of Career Services to discuss your internship and career goals for the program and how to best proceed to fulfill these goals and requirements;
    • Early in the Spring Semester of your first year you will again meet with the Director of Career Services to discuss specific strategies on how you will meet your internship requirement;
    • During your second year you will meet with the Director of Career Services to discuss strategies for preparing to enter the job market.

    You are additionally encouraged to meet at any time with the MPP Director and/or the Director of Career Services for individual questions and/or to discuss strategies.  The MPP Director of Career Services, Professor Charles Matzke, can be reached at or 517-355-3400.

  • Guides and Resources

    As specific internship and employment opportunities arise, students will be informed through email and at MPP Facebook .

    Students are also encouraged to take advantage of MSU Career Services Network.  MSU Career Services Network offers career advising, career events, career workshop, assistance with resumes and cover letters, and interviewing tips and practice. Their career management system, called “Handshake,” provides listings for employment and internships

    Michigan Government

    State Government

    Local Government

    Federal Government

    Non-Profit Organizations

    For-Profit Organizations

    International Government and Non-Government Organizations

    Career Development Guides